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Volunteers are the life blood of foodbanks. Your skills could be just what we need.

Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis. We want you to enjoy volunteering and there are lots of ways to get involved. Whatever role you choose, you will make a real difference to the life of someone in crisis.


We are looking for a volunteer with excellent communication and team playing abilities to help us manage and develop relationships with local supermarkets in Coventry. This role will facilitate the smooth flow of food donations, maximise fundraising/volunteering opportunities and raise the Foodbank’s profile. The Supermarket Coordinator (SCC) will built on existing relationships with local supermarkets, churches and business looking at how to maximise food donations for the foodbank. The SCC will work closely with the foodbank manager to manage a rota of volunteers collecting food from various supermarkets across the local area. Time Commitment: allow a min 2-6 hrs/week with the potential for more involvement around supermarket collection dates if convenient. Some daytime availability is useful.


We are looking for a volunteers to register with the foodbank as ‘drivers’ to support the movement of food across the local area. This work does involve a regular commitment to help at the foodbank. The work requires the delivery of food to our 16 foodbank centres and the collection of food from permanent collection points at various locations across the city.  Must have a clean driving licence and be able to drive a van, full training given.


We need help to weigh, sort and store donated food before it’s made into parcels for clients to collect. You could help in this vital work to ensure we have the right food available at all times.

Picking and Packing Volunteers –  We need help Pre-packing food parcels for delivery to our foodbank centres.  we have 2 sessions per day, observing the social distancing rules.


Coventry foodbank is changing its referral process  by switching all our referral agencies over to a new on line system. Coventry foodbank has over 350 referral partners whom we are switching from the old paper voucher system to the new on line method. The role would require you to contact local agencies and deliver the E Referral training to our partners. The new system gives us real time, up to date information on the person, offering the foodbank centres more opportunities to signpost the person on to further help, as well as eradicating the need for the paper vouchers. Use of a car is essential, Full training and support is available.

Helping at a foodbank centre

We have a limited number of spaces at our foodbank centres, this involves meeting our clients and giving out food parcels. Have an informal chat with clients over a cup of tea, to discuss their situation and signpost to further support.

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